Parkway tree removal, replacement requires board OK

By on August 16, 2009

by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Elburn could spend nearly $12,000 to extend its program for removal and replacement of dead and dying trees on residential parkways.

The Planning Commission on Aug. 4 decided to recommend that the Village Board approve the project, including a 50-50 program through which property owners may have parkway trees removed and split the cost with the village.

Many trees, particularly those affected by the emerald ash borer, are slated for removal and replacement by the village at its cost. However, the 50-50 program allows for the removal of trees more immediately than the village plans, if the property owner desires.

“We have a list of trees needing removal, but we cannot remove all of them this year,” said village employee Jim Stran, who is coordinating the tree project.

The tree removal and replacement proposal next goes to village committees on Monday, Aug. 24, for discussion. Following their review, the proposal will go to the Village Board, which will decide whether to proceed with the project that could begin this fall, Stran said.

Most of the trees the village wants to remove are diseased maple and ash. This year, 24 trees are targeted for removal and 20 trees for planting. Many of the trees that would be planted if the board OKs the project will replace those that the village removed in the past.

Replacement trees will include linden, locust, various maples and others.